Thursday, 18 July 2019

Another present of a plant...

Also part of my present was another new to me item for the fruit cage, a Honeyberry or edible honeysuckle. One web site says it needs a companion to ensure pollination, others say not. We shall see. Our blueberries never had any problem in there being pollinated although they flower later. These can grow to 4' wide and 6' or so tall, hopefully, it will remain small enough for the cage!

It has a few flowers on it and two embryo fruit. The fruit is similar in size to a blueberry but more oblong in shape:



In this country, we tend to only have access to the Russian based strains, which are a bit more tart, so we shall see. The best ones for sweetness are the Japanese strains, ah well. If they prove too tart for eating raw, they apparently make fabulous pies and jam.

As we don't have much of a garden in the back, I have decided to now only grow items that cost more money to buy. You wouldn't see these for sale in the shops, blackcurrants are rarely seen and if they are, are very expensive, same with gooseberries.

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  1. I've never heard of a honeyberry - how interesting! Jams and pies sounds pretty good to me, or stewed with sugar with custard or yogurt.
    xx

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    1. All sounds good to me, anything with custard is lovely in our house.

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  2. That sounds like a good strategy. I wish you success. Has the intense heat effected your growth or plans?

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    1. Not too much yet but hopefully it will ripen the tomatoes.

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  3. Enjoy your Honeyberry. I have never heard of this before so I am interested in what you think of it.

    God bless.

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    1. The have many other names as well. Hopefully we will like it.

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